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Installing a New Program

Most Windows programs sold in retail packages come on CD-ROM. When you pop the CD in the drive, the Setup Wizard runs automatically. Answer a few simple questions, and before you know it, you’re ready to use your new program. If you download a new program from the Internet—either a commercial program that you purchased for electronic delivery, or a shareware or freeware program downloaded from a site like http://www.download.com—you may need to go through an extra step or two before you can install it. Downloaded programs are usually stored in compressed (Zip) files, which means you first have to extract the files and then double-click the Setup or Install icon to get started.

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Shareware is try-before-you-buy software that you can install and use for free. If you like it, you’re expected to pay for it. Freeware is software that you can use without paying. An increasing number of programs are available for purchase and immediate download—a mechanism called electronic delivery to distinguish it from the physical delivery of a CD.



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